Tuesday, July 04, 2017, 07:00pm
July 2–8 (times vary)
14A, coarse language, graphic violence
Dir: Alain Desrochers, Canada, 126 min. Patrick Huard, Colm Feore, Noam Jenkins, Neil Crone
“It's no surprise that 2006’s Bon Cop Bad Cop skyrocketed into the pantheon of great Canadian cinema: The film's exploration of Anglo-Franco relations, set to a charming buddy cop comedy was distinctly and uniquely Canadian without feeling too hokey. But the original’s biggest asset was the rapport between its leads—Colm Feore as by-the-books OPP officer Martin Ward, and Patrick Huard as reckless Francophone detective David Bouchard—who whipped out joke after joke in two languages. Ten years later, much has changed for the characters, but their palpable onscreen chemistry is as engaging as ever, continuing to serve as the sequel's beating heart. With a brand new plot, strong character development and a new breakout character, Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 stands on its own, upholding the original's spirit without resorting to shameless cribbing. Picking up a decade after the original, Ward is a hardened RCMP officer estranged from his son, while Huard is a (re-)married man deep undercover in the heart of a car-stealing ring. Both actors play their new roles convincingly, with Feore imbuing a steely cool into the formerly uptight Ward while Huard compels as a former lone wolf-turned-family man. Despite the role reversal, their charming banter remains, but it’s now fluently bilingual. Revisiting the language barrier as a source of conflict would be a cheap rehash of the original—in this sequel, both Feore and Huard get to show off their bilingualism, the pair's conflict now steeped in Ward’s superiority as a federal officer while Bouchard remains provincial. All the while, the characters retain their familiarity, showcasing the strength of the leads both individually and in tandem… Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 provides a step forward for the duo, furthering their stories in a fresh, engaging way.”—Matt Bobkin, Exclaim!
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